- Organization Name:Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center
- Address:PO Box 211
Statesville, NC 28687-0211
The mission of the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center is to promote education through the use of land and water as an outdoor classroom to ensure the next generation to be good stewards of the environment around them.
Opening its doors to the community in 1992, Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, formerly known as Allison Woods Foundation, was conceived to encourage hands-on learning involving the natural world.
Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center is nestled within 1000 acres of Allison Woods in Statesville, North Carolina. Immediately accessible are several lakes, streams, forest, trails, and a wondrous variety of both plant and animal life. The unique diversity of habitats found onsite offers visitors of all ages many ways to experience the connections between people and the environment.
Our school programs are designed for ages 6 and up and can be scheduled year round. All programs are site-based and hands-on using experiential learning to help students make a personal connection with the environment. Programs vary in length from 1-4 hours and are priced per participant. Lessons are designed to examine the links and relationships that occur in natural communities. They also highlight the importance of each organism in sustaining them. Both natural and human communities are closely tied; each affecting and depending upon the other. These lessons take a unique approach by examining the importance of natural systems in our lives. They can take students back though time to discover lifestyle changes, how they influence the local landscape and the way of thinking about the natural world.
At the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, educational programming goes beyond curricula normally associated with a nature center. With its rich local history of Native American use, early 18th century settler development, agriculture and ecological diversity, this facility has a remarkable scope of elements readily at hand for diverse programs. Recognized in 1995 as “A Site of Regional Importance” for its rich variety and high integrity of plant communities found in its hardwood forests and bottomlands on the South Yadkin River, Allison Woods is said to have had the first mitigated wetlands in the Northern Piedmont. The two mills onsite are thought to be the first hydroelectric facilities in Iredell County.
The Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center offers something for everyone, including workshops for teachers, programs for students, and activities for community residents which cover a wide range of topics from the annual NC butterfly count to Boy Scout Environmental Merit Badges. Also welcoming partnerships with other non-profit organizations, partnering with public, private and home schools from North and South Carolina has been a longstanding accomplishment of the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center. We have served more than 2000 students per year with our educational programs.
Workshops are designed to deepen educator content knowledge while engaging them in the natural world of the Piedmont in North Carolina. Many lessons and ideas can be taken back to the classroom. Onsite workshops and programs are designed to be fun and educational which involve hands-on interaction. Our aim is to provide a research and learning experience for all students that uses hands-on outdoor activities promoting all aspects of a STEM-based curriculum.
By encouraging youth involvement in the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center it is the hope of Allison Woods Board of Directors, staff and volunteers that young people will develop a sense of their place in the environment and become good stewards of the community around them.
- Year established:1992
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:Operating
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